BSB: Mavs clinch road series at UALR
May 4, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - UT Arlington finished off another Sun Belt Conference road series victory by overwhelming UALR 8-3 Sunday afternoon at Hogan Field.
The Mavericks claimed the series 2-1, improving to 24-25 and 13-11 in conference. UTA has won its last four SBC road sets, and is 12-6 in league play since a 1-5 start. The Trojans dropped to 21-26 and 7-17.
UTA starter Zach Thompson, the beneficiary of the offensive outburst, was about to shut down UALR. The junior right-hander nearly notched his first career shutout and second career complete game.
Thompson (4-4) was lifted with one out in ninth after a bases-loaded walk. Chad Nack, the winning pitcher in relief Friday night, nailed down the last two outs to end it.
The Mavericks staked Thompson to a 4-0 lead in the fourth, with Levi Scott supplying three of those runs on one swing. Ryan Bottger got things going with a double down the right-field line that UALR argued was foul.
John Michael Twichell followed two batters later with a single to right to get UTA on the board. Scott followed with a mammoth blow to left-center with two runners on. Scott's second home run of the season was also his second of the series.
The Mavericks added three runs in the sixth on a pair of bombs to right. Twichell's solo shot opened the inning, and McLemore followed with a two-run blast for a 7-0 lead.
UT Arlington is off during finals week until Friday's Sun Belt series opener against WKU at Clay Gould Ballpark.